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Too many children are falling behind in their early years – and the effects can last a lifetime.  

Early language skills are the essential building blocks that children need to understand the world around them and to go on to thrive. But too many children in Northern Ireland, especially those growing up in poverty, start school struggling to speak in full sentences or understand simple instructions.

Often, they struggle to catch up, making it harder for them to do well at school, or go on to succeed in the world of work.

That’s why we’re calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to invest in children’s early years. This means giving more support to parents, and making sure staff have what they need to deliver world-class early years services.

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Every child deserves the best start in life. But today in Northern Ireland, too many children aren’t getting the support they need to thrive.

Early language skills are the essential building blocks that children need to understand the world around them and go on to fulfil their potential. That’s why we’re working directly with parents to help them to support their children’s learning at home through programmes like Families and Schools Together.

It’s proven that high quality early years services make a big difference to children’s early learning, particularly for the poorest children. Ensuring pre-school learning is led by a graduate with expertise in early childhood studies, supported by a team of skilled staff, could transform children’s early language skills and readiness for school.

We’re calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to invest in children’s early years by supporting parents and making sure staff can deliver world-class early learning and childcare.

Join our campaign to improve childhoods today and boost children’s prospects for the future.

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

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